Craig Gibson

Craig Gibson had a number of keen interests, starting with soccer (he played for a Manhattan team called Barnestonworth, but rooted for Liverpool) and continuing with the movies. (He had to be the first to see a new release, and there had to be plenty of popcorn on hand.) And he loved his wife, Dannielle, with whom he immigrated from Australia last December.

But beginning in August, he had a new focus: Daisy, the boxer puppy he gave his wife for her birthday. 'He was so obsessed with this dog,' marveled Mrs. Gibson. At the office, where Mr. Gibson, 37, was a reinsurance broker for Marsh & McLennan, 'instead of doing work he’d be on the Internet, looking up pet stores and buying treats for her.' Sometimes he would come home in the middle of the day to take Daisy for a walk.

It was hardly a one-sided affair. 'She used to sleep on his slippers every night, with her little nose tucked into one of them and her paws over the top,' Mrs. Gibson said. 'She was mad about him.'

Copyright (c) 2001 by The New York Times Co. Reprinted by permission.

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Craig I found my self thinking about School and old friends. Whenever that happens your face pops up mate. You were well liked loved as well as sorely missed by your mates. Shaun
Shaun McHaffie, Friend
Nov 22 2016 0:55PM
Missed always, then, now & forever xx
Danni (Wife) , Family
Sep 10 2016 6:56AM
Fond memories of Craig as a friend and soccer team mate from Brenthurst Primary and Brakpan High. He was a good person, I was shocked at the tragedy of his passing. Rest in peace Craig, I remember our friendship well and fondly all those years ago...
Neil Cox, Friend
Apr 9 2016 3:17PM
Rest in Peace Gibbo. I think about you often and will always remember your friendship, sense of humour and dry wit. xxxx
Nicole, Colleague
Sep 13 2015 8:58PM
Craig, for you and for everyone else lost that day: "...if time should heal the wounds, I would tear the threads away, so I might bleed some more...." - Gordon Lightfoot We must not forget.
Bob, Colleague
Sep 10 2015 1:36PM
Still can't believe it's been 13 years. We still talk about you with a cheeky smile of reflection on our faces, Gibbo. Rest in Peace.
Angela, Colleague
Sep 14 2014 6:23PM
i didn't know craig but i wanted his family and friends to know that every year, for a week, the university of pepperdine in malibu, california erects a flag in honor of each beautiful soul that was lost to us on that fateful day... there is a south african flag flying for craig overlooking santa monica bay.... i just wanted you to know...x
tyne doyle, Friend
Sep 11 2014 7:48PM
Thinking of you today, Craig and your wife Danni. These anniveraries are not getting any easier. Rest in Peace.
Lauri Hanson, Colleague
Sep 11 2014 11:27AM
Can't believe its been thirteen years...miss your humour and your wisdom.
David Ellis, Colleague
Sep 11 2014 10:35AM
'There is not a short life or a long life, there is only the life that you have, and the life you have is the one you were given, the life you work with. It has its own shape, describes its own arc. And it is perfect.' - Greek saying
Bob, Colleague
Sep 11 2014 12:42AM
Danielle, Every year on this day I think of you and your family. This year was no exception. I hope you have people you love around you today. Warm Regards Jayne Tesch (Prince of Wales Randwick)
Jayne Tesch, Colleague
Sep 11 2014 12:15AM
Craig, you were missed yesterday, today & always. 'Though lovers be lost, love shall not; And death shall have no dominion.' - Dylan Thomas
Danni (Wife), Family
Sep 10 2014 7:32AM
Craig, despite a distance of nearly 50 miles, we can see the Freedom Tower from our local beach. Near sunset, it throws off reflected light of amazing intensity. This always makes me think of you and Ben, that it's fitting, the determination to rebuild complementing the determination you both brought to everything you did. Prayers to you both and to your families.
Bob, Colleague
Sep 11 2013 5:14PM
Craig, you are in my thoughts and prayers today.
Brigid Wallen, Friend
Sep 11 2013 1:05PM
Craig, I always said that daisy dog was the best present you ever gave to me and she was. When she died a week after 9/11 last year I told her to find you in heaven as it was your turn to enjoy & love her. I hope she is sitting there with you & Ben making you laugh as she did me for those years xx
Danni (Wife), Family
Sep 5 2013 10:07PM
Hi Craig, I have no doubt you are smiling down on Dan and Gavin right now; love never dies, it just grows in many fields.
Laura Walker, Friend
Sep 21 2012 3:57PM
Hi Craig - still can't believe you simply walked out the door to go to work & then never came home. You are still missed by your family & friends who continue to share funny stories & memories of you. Forever in our hearts.
Danni (Wife), Family
Sep 11 2012 6:14PM
xx
Mario Pengue, Friend
Sep 10 2012 11:14PM
A prayer for God's blessing for you; a commitment to working to prevent another
Bob, Colleague
Sep 9 2012 8:49PM
Craig, I was watching some programmes on TV about 911 over the New Year holiday and they were showing the beautiful memorial that was created for the 10th anniversary. I still recall the business we did together back in Australia and I still think of you regularly. My heart goes out to all those you left behind.
John Neeson, Friend
Dec 30 2011 1:32PM
am always thinking of you Craig, i still remember you laughing hard in london when we were on the tube going to the Church and my feet didnt touch the floor. You thought it was SO funny!!! I am so pleased I took that pub job in Bayswater as if not I may never have met you and Danni and all your crazy SA mates. My time in the UK was so much more fun with you guys in it...Love those memories, then back in Australia too. Loving always your beautiful wife, she is my hero...as you are too...xxx
Karen Ward, Friend
Sep 24 2011 8:34AM
You are missed and remembered with love. Every day, week, month and year. Your wise words to Ash are always in her mind and provide guidance even now. Love you Craig.
Sharon, Family
Sep 17 2011 5:17AM
Hi there Craig, I think about you often. You were a big brother to so many of us back at the Goldfields. Thank you for the passion you brought to ramp cricket. Thanks for helping me realize that changing my majors to Socio and Phsycho did not mean I'd be a loser, destined for misery and poverty. Actually the poverty part was accurate - I'm a high school teacher now. Thanks for the debates you had with the hermit and his little blond buddy. It's amazing how much others can learn from great dinner debates. Thanks for the love, understanding, and caring in a world that seemed to have little of each. You had a great impact on so many of our lives. The world is a poorer place without you. Hans Lunow
Hans Lunow, Friend
Sep 13 2011 9:15AM
Am thinking of you, Gibbo. May the Memorial bring some peace to your loved ones.
Angela, Colleague
Sep 13 2011 2:13AM
Brigid and I went to the memorial in Witham today to rememeber you, I cant believe its 10 years. You are missed.
Andy Croft, Friend
Sep 12 2011 9:09AM
Remembering you Craig on this 10th anniversary. May we never forget!
Cathy Moyes, Friend
Sep 11 2011 10:37PM
Craig, It's ten years and yet, all is remembered and nothing forgotten.... Your devotion to Danni and Daisy Your loyalty to Oz Your strong sense of right and wrong Your unrestrained contempt for anyone who did things the wrong way A perfect NY morning torn by a huge cracking explosion The inability to get a call through to the floor The palpable weight of the loss.... All God's blessings to you and your family, Bob
Bob, Colleague
Sep 11 2011 10:36PM
I was a postgrad student and Gibbo had just arrived in Joburg, looking for a job. It meant we had a lot of free time, when we really should have been working. We lived near each other in Yeoville, JHB and Gibbo was seldom reluctant to have a lunchtime beer. Which turned into sundowners, and eventually into a late session. In that time, we put the world to rights and felt the day had been constructive. Without Gibbo, no wonder the world's a mess. RIP.
David O'Sullivan, Friend
Sep 11 2011 11:04AM
The years may have passed but those fun times in London seem like only yesterday. I'm lucky to have such happy memories and my thoughts are with your family today. x
Toni Noble, Friend
Sep 11 2011 5:53AM
Gibbo I'm in Wellington, New Zealand for the World Cup and as I walked through the city this morning you were on my mind. I wondered if you would have come to NZ for the tournament had you been alive. I wondered what you might have done. Thanks for the friendship at Rhodes, and for teaching me the correct way to say 'kak'. Us East Rand boys need these skills. You are always missed Kevin (Troll)
Kevin McCallum, Family
Sep 10 2011 11:58PM
Craig, I remember being held 'captive' by you and Gavin in Odeon more than once. I hope that you are having some long sessions in heaven and keeping Gavin in line. You, Gavin and Lynette are very missed. Love Bridget
bridget fitzpatrick, Friend
Sep 10 2011 8:39PM
I worked with Craig and Ben on several property insurance programs that they helped us place at Marsh/Guy Carpenter. I always admired Craig's professionalism and sure wish he wasn't there on that awful day. Rest in peace, dear Craig - you are missed.
Lauri Hanson, Colleague
Sep 10 2011 9:05AM
Remembering you Gibbo on this sad anniversary. If I still smoked I'd have a ciggie for you :). Here's to the Barrack St days, The Oaks and sharing a laugh together. Susan x
Susan McKenzie, Friend
Sep 9 2011 2:26AM
Its been 10 years me old mate and miss ya like no tomorrow.Keep looking down on us and protecting us.Love ya like a brother your mate forever Muzza
Mario Dear Friend, Friend
Sep 7 2011 3:49AM
I did not know Craig but my thoughts and prayers go out to his family who have had to deal with losing him, over the years. I am a South African journalist and would like to make sure his memory is kept alive in a story I am doing. I am trying to get in touch with Dannielle - and hope she may see this message. Thank you
Nadia Neophytou, Friend
Sep 6 2011 11:04AM
10 years have passed & yet the pain in my heart remains. I hold dear our shared memories for they cannot be taken away. I imagine your light along with Ben's continues to shine down upon us. Miss you. Danni (wife) & Daisy Dog xx
Danni, Family
Sep 5 2011 4:30AM
hi my brother today they killed the master planner of your death and others.it took some time but they got him.today i am not celebrating the death of this man, but the celebration of your life and memorys that you left behind.to see how people loved you and still remembering you.may we find the strength to forgive so our lives can live forever.missing you boety/brother
gavin, Family
May 2 2011 1:41PM
A dodgy bedford that broke down before we left, four summer months in Europe, all the cheapest or free showers, too many sardine meals, and some freeloading mice that ate your jumper... oh and when you completely crazily ran with the bulls... Didn't think, couldn't imagine..picked anyone but you....and yet there you went...blowing expectations. Might not have said, but I was pretty impressed Prof. Till next time. Chrissy xx
Chrissy, Family
May 2 2011 9:05AM
On the 9th of September 2001 I was horrified to learn of Craig's passing from a well known friend in the Restaurant Industry. Today, 9/11/2010, the true horror of what happen has not yet completely settled in. Craig, whilst at Ground Zero a few months ago, I said a special prayer for you. I will never be able to think about New York and 9/11 without sparing a thought for you. The impact it had was profound. Here's to a memory that I hope will bring a smile to all that were part of being the Class of '81 at Brakpan High School. The good times and the bad. We were the BEST! We are still the best! My thoughts and prayers go out to you and yours. Your smile, sense of humour and always positive outlook on Life will always be remembered with fondness. Another year has passed and you are still not forgotten. May God keep you in the Palm of His Hand and all your loved ones safe. God bless. Mellaney
Mellaney Krause, Friend
Sep 11 2010 12:07PM
Craig, another year on, and it still feels like yesterday. Miss your steady judgment, mate. God bless on this sad ninth anniversary.
Bob, Colleague
Sep 11 2010 10:05AM
You are always in our thoughts.
Andy Croft & Brigid Wallen, Friend
Sep 10 2010 9:22AM
My dear mate Craig. Still miss ya mate and cant believe its been 9 years. I miss our chats and laughs and i allways think that one day i will wake up from the nightmare and get a call off you to go for a beer. Ile be having a beer and thinking of you Saturday. Your mate allways Muzza
Mario Pengue, Friend
Sep 6 2010 11:37PM
Hi Craig still think of the days at Brakpan High School (RSA) where you used to joke with our history teacher Mrs Civichionni about her been irish - used to tell her jokes about the irish (sorry no bad feelings towards the irish)- just for her to turn and around and say Craig tttt.....tttt......carry on with your school work and that famouns Brakpan High School Band that won the accolades every year -what memories... R.I.P Craig -still often see your mom
debbie(debra phillips) Joubert, Friend
Mar 6 2010 4:27AM
O My, Craig, Finally through Facebook I managed to track down school friends from way back when only to read the sad news of your passing. I will always remember you and the other boys scooting across the soccer field at Brenthurs Primary, you teased us girls mercilessly. Lots of luv and Rest in Peace Bobbie
Bobbie Botha Van Rensburg, Friend
Jan 31 2010 2:40AM
Not a Day goes by that I dont think of you my friend...
Tony Pengue, Friend
Nov 15 2009 7:31AM
Craig, I wish we had met, you must have been a special guy to have such a terrific wife. She has been an inspiration to me in so many ways. I hope you and Ben are enjoying a drink and a smoke today and always. Two good guys who are missed every minute of every day.
Laura Walker, Friend
Sep 11 2009 4:35PM
Craig, near one of the tees at Morefar, the are two markers. One has Chinese characters. The other is the English translation, which reads 'The spirit never dies.' You're still a presence among all who knew you. Bob @ 9/11/09
Robert Schneider, Colleague
Sep 11 2009 10:52AM
Stood by the Marsh memorial tree here in Witham and thought of you today Craig.
Andy Croft & Brigid Wallen, Colleague
Sep 11 2009 9:21AM
Thinking of you today. 8 years.... we miss & love you Gavin & Kerrin our hope... “For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words.” I Thess 4:16-18 until that day...
Kerrin Venter, Family
Sep 11 2009 3:52AM
Craig - missing you & think of you everyday as I walk up Barack Street, Sydney the spot where i dropped you off for your first Aussie job interview. Every day things still remind me of you. You'd be proud of Daisy as she has grown into a beautiful dog - you certainly chose well, the birthday gift that keeps on giving! Thank you to everyone who continues to rememeber Craig & leave such thoughtful messages. It is a great comfort especially as we aproach another anniversary. If you would like to stay in touch I can be contacted at dmeredith@redcross.org.au Danni
Danni, Family
Aug 19 2009 8:52PM
Will always miss you. You are a great loss to me and the family. Hoping that wherever you are God is smiling on you. Until we meet again : Love Dad
Tony Gibson, Family
Sep 11 2008 2:24PM
Thought about you today, Craig. Godspeed.
Andrew Clark, Friend
Sep 11 2008 1:06PM
Craig, we often send our prayers up to you, but especially on this day. Character such as yours becomes more rare every year. Bob
Robert Schneider, Colleague
Sep 11 2008 12:40PM
Im positive that everyone who knows you thinks so often of you and your family, its hard to believe its been 7 years. I visit you when im in NY and stop to say hi. Hellen Macris
Hellen Macris, Friend
Sep 11 2008 6:46AM
Craig, You are still talked about and missed dearly here in Australia!!! Dowsey
Carolyn Dowse, Colleague
Sep 4 2008 6:54PM
Miss you still Craigie!!
Ashleigh Hinde, Family
Aug 19 2008 3:04PM
Gibbo, we miss you just as much today as we did six years ago. Miss the ciggies shared on Barrack St at Sydney Re/JCLloyd. We will cherish your dry sense of humour and warm friendship forever. Love to you, you will never be forgotten.
Susan and David McKenzie, Friend
Sep 11 2007 7:26PM
Gibbo, We first meet in 1993 both working for JCLloyd in sydney. our paths crossed again when we were both working for Marsh sydney. I'm a better person for knowing you god bless Matt
Matthew Beslich, Colleague
Sep 11 2007 12:53AM
Craig To many thoughts and memories to share, I am glad I managed to track you down after so many years after we left school, you will always be remembered by all your friends at school and the band boys
Arnot van Heerden, Friend
May 8 2007 1:35PM
Five years after 9/11 Craig often appears in my thoughts. We were in High School together in South Africa, and were fellow members of the school band. I will never forget him.
Edward Wallace, Friend
Sep 11 2006 4:27PM
Still missing you, Gibbo. Also hoping that Danni and your family are finding peace.
Angela McBain, Colleague
Sep 13 2005 7:12PM
Still missing you Gibby!
Tony Pengue, Friend
Aug 4 2003 9:03AM
I still find it hard to beleive that this has happened to you. I worked with you at Guy Carpenter/Marsh Mclennan in Sydney and knew you when you worked for AON Reinsurance Brokers in Sydney. My thoughts go to Danielle and to your mother. Rhonda Forsyth
rhonda forsyth, Colleague
May 21 2003 7:46AM
I miss you heaps mate! Tony Pengue.
Tony Pengue, Friend
Sep 12 2002 8:03PM
I met Gibbo through the Clovelly Cricket Club in Sydney and was impressed with his competitive nature. Craig is a true gentleman and a boys boy. He played his sports hard and partied harder. Everyone who new him loved him. Our hearts and thoughts go out to Dannielle. Forever in our hearts and minds
Jason Archer, Friend
Sep 11 2002 6:30AM
EXCERPT FROM CLOVELLY CRICKET CLUB ANNUAL REPORT 2002 Much as I own I owe The passers of the past Because their to and fro Has cut this road to last. I owe them more today Because they've gone away Robert Frost In last years annual review I wrote of Craig Gibson's performances that 'it was so easy it's like you've never been away. Come back soon'. Sadly, the events in New York last September have meant that this is not to be. Craig did make it look so easy. The ball was not so much belted as caressed to the cover boundary. It's true that his relaxed style did sometimes bring about his downfall but while he was there it was beautiful to watch. Craig did not possess the classic fast bowler's fluid action and rhythm but he intimidated every opening batsman that he played against. His game plan was based on strength, hard work and an indomitable spirit. Pretty much his game plan for life. In cricket, and everywhere else Craig was somone you wanted on your side, not theirs. Tony Carmody
Tony Carmody, Friend
Sep 10 2002 9:53PM
Whilst I only met Craig a half dozen times or so in Sydney, he was a lovely man and you would immediately be drawn to him. He will long be remembered by his friends in Sydney. Let us all pray for him.
Denis, Colleague
Jun 8 2002 1:24PM
I met Gibby several times and was immediately drawn to him - he was a very kind and gentle man. He was originally from South Africa - but, you know that.... God Bless Gibby - I will never forget you.
Don Engle, Colleague
Apr 27 2002 11:45PM